Sweden Väst

A Taste of Sweden at Sweden Väst

The corner of S. Fourth & State streets is transformed into a Swedish destination on June 23 (10 am – 5 pm) &June 24 (10 am – 3 pm).

Each day is filled with entertainment, art, gifts, food & activities for all.

All day – Saturday & Sunday (unless indicated)

Konst (Art)
Evonne Einoris brings her love of Rosemaling to Sweden Väst; items available for purchase.

Explore authentic Swedish Culture as Swedish foods, currency, Swedish Christmas decorations, hand wood carving, Swedish map, flag and clothing are displayed beautifully in this handmade case crafted by I.B. Quality Cabinets.

Mat (Food)
Early Light Café - Fika with us. Although fika is synonymous for Swedes with taking time out for a coffee, it is also more than that. If you’re with an old friend, it’s a chance to catch up. If you’re with someone new, it’s a chance to get to know each other. MENU: Bottled Water, Iced Coffee (regular & decaf), Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cakes, Swedish Cardamom Rolls (Kardemummabullar) and Swedish Almond Cake(Toscatårta).

Good Templar Members - Take home yummy Swedish treats from Iverson's Bakery.

Nöje (Amusement & Entertainment)
Are you brave enough to tempt your Swedish taste buds by tasting a traditional Swedish dish of lutfisk?(Sat only)

Meet a Svenskarnas Day Queen as they visit with kids of all ages (hours vary).

Authentically-dressed Viking living historians from the 1893 Viking Ship in Geneva will be present with their displays to discuss cooking, crafts, weapons, tools and ships typical of the Viking Era.

Have a family picture taken wearing Viking hats at the Scandinavian Park, Inc., NFP area. Enter to win free tickets to the Scandinavian Festival to be held at Vasa Park in September. The little Vikings will have a chance to win prizes too. We have been in the community for 65 years and you will get a bookmark of all of our upcoming events including an authentic Fish Boil in September.

Do you have Swedish Ancestry? The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center has helped thousands of Swedish Americans find information about their immigrant ancestors since 1981. Using our extensive resources, we have connected Americans with their ancestral home parishes in Sweden and even with living Swedish relatives. We can also be hired for Swedish-to-English translations. We publish Swedish American Genealogist—the only journal in the field of Swedish-American genealogy. Come by our booth to learn more!

Gåvor (Gifts)
The GiftBox/Scandinavian Imports, located in Geneva, brings Swedish heritage to the Fox Valley with authentic Swedishgifts and food.

Handmade Swedish items featuring Midsommar festival floral head wreaths made by Good Templar members will be available for purchase. While here, learn about Good Templar Park: the home of the Viking Ship, Midsommar Festival and Cottages in the Woods.

Swedish American Museum. will have Swedish gift items including t-shirts, books, kitchen items, linens and toys for sale.

Superior Clogs will be selling handmade Swedish clogs by Troentorp.

Scheduled Activities

Sat 10:15 am
The Maypole is a key component in Swedish Midsommar Celebrations. Learn the history and help in the raising of ours with assistance from the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers.

Sat 10:15 am
Appreciate Swedish Folk Dancing with Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers from Falun, Kansas. Then learn the steps as the audience participates in the second half hour.

Sat 12pm
Swedish Days stories with interactive Storyteller Paddy Lynn. Sponsored by Geneva Public Library.

Sat 3 pm
Dance Director from Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers will describe the basics of female and male costume pieces from many different provinces in Sweden during this Swedish fashion show.

Sat 1 pm
Appreciate Swedish Folk Dancing with Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers from Falun, Kansas. Then learn the steps as the audience participates in the second half hour.

Sat 2 pm
Swedish Days stories with interactive Storyteller Paddy Lynn. Sponsored by Geneva Public Library.

Sat 4 pm
Enjoy traditional Scandinavian dancing with Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago. Sponsored by The Gift Box/Scandinavian Imports in Geneva, Illinois.

Sun 10:30 am
Appreciate Swedish Folk Dancing with Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers from Falun, Kansas. Then learn the steps as the audience participates in the second half hour.